Superbike 959 Panigale
By Shereen Shabnam
Built on an improved chassis integrating a monocoque frame, fully adjustable suspension and poised between road and track, pure performance, technology and effortless handling, the 959 Panigale sports reflects a breathtaking design. Fitted with a new, more powerful engine with slipper clutch, ready to unbridle a racing attitude, the ideal adrenaline-booster comes in the form of a Ducati superbike.
The engine has been designed as a structural element of the frame. As such, its architecture has been completely reviewed to ensure the best design in terms of structure, weight distribution and robustness.
The cylinders, at a 90° angle to each other, are mounted on the crankcase to produce a 21° angle between the front cylinder and the horizontal plane. This allows the engine to sit forward, optimizing the distribution of weight between the front and rear ends and achieving the perfect position of the fastening points of the cylinder heads into the monocoque chassis of the 959 Panigale.
The 959 Panigale’s chassis follows the innovative Monoscocca concept: different components have been integrated to give shape to a single compact and lightweight element. The rear of the monocoque frame is fixed directly to the cylinder head, and at its front is the steering tube. In addition to performing the traditional function of a frame,the monocoque also acts as an airbox.
The Bosch 9MP ABS standard on the 959 Panigale is a latest-generation system with two channels that performs combined braking with control of rear wheel lifting to guarantee not only shorter braking distances, but also the greatest stability during braking. Specifically intended for sport use, the 9MP ABS offers three levels of operation, each associated with a Riding Mode; in the Race mode, the system works only on front discs to allow advanced track braking techniques for expert riders.
The instrument panel on the 959 Panigale is an advanced multifunctional LCD unit, with layout derived from Ducati Corse’s experience in World Superbike and MotoGP. Showing a vast array of information in a format highly visible even when tucked behind the windscreen at maximum velocity, the dash also changes its display according to the riding mode selected – ensuring that the rider always has the most important information for each use, available at a glance.
The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) monitors control of the slipping of the rear tyre and operates on the basis of eight different levels of interaction, each of which has been programmed to respond to a different tolerance to rear slipping.
The available Riding Modes are the result of the combination of highly advanced dedicated technologies. The rider atop the 959 Panigale can choose among three different pre-set Modes – Race, Sport, and Wet – to adapt to his riding style or the riding conditions.
The Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) is the electronic system that manages the gearbox and is used in competitions. It allows the gear to be engaged on acceleration without the use of the clutch and while maintaining the throttle open. The feature enables the rider to gain precious fractions of seconds, helping to considerably reduce lap times.
The 959 Panigale features Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, in 120/70 (front) and 180/60 (rear) sizes. The Diablo Rosso Corsa is a reference in the segment of hypersport tyres, developed directly from World Superbike technologies and featuring an optimised contact patch as well as advanced 3-compound construction to ensure quick warm-up, long life, and above all maximum traction available in every circumstance.
The 959 Panigale uses black 10-spoke wheels, 3.5 inches wide in the front and 5.5 inches wide in the rear, which due to their lightweight allow rapid changes in direction and excellent performance both during acceleration and braking.
Riders can take to the road. feel safe and comfortable whatever the destination is with a carefully chosen premium quality features designed to offer maximum convenience and peace of mind. The package contains a water radiator protection grid kit, an anti-theft system, a rider comfort seat ideal for longer distance trips and soft tank bag.